Drop dead point for N.M. 502

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The county has finally reached the drop-dead point with regard to the redo of N.M. 502 from Knecht to Tewa Loop. The hastily generated design created by PW in January was done without serious critiquing, endorsed by the Transportation Board under questionable circumstances, and approved quickly by the council as it “needed to rush this through urgently to insure funding”, even as some of us indicated that it would not meet LOS.
 This design has now been soundly rejected by state (NMDoT) and federal (FHWA) agencies based on LOS. We are now finding that another design is to be presented to the council for quick approval. Again, the Transportation Board has approved a design at its Dec. 6 meeting that was only made public at their meeting. Council will be discussing this design tonight in chambers. Again, as before, this design has not been through the scrutiny that council insisted on last year for an acceptable design of this portion of N.M. 502 to insure that the circumstances that were encountered with the Trinity redo were not repeated. I am sure that the new Administrator will be quite sensitive to minimizing these continued embarrassments to the council.

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